The fragrant Colonial Herb garden at the Wilton Historical Society is a fitting location for a gardening talk. On Thursday, July 20 from 4:00 – 6:00, local herb expert and gardening guru Sal Gilbertie will give a talk titled “Micro Greens and Super Greens” followed by a book signing, conversation, wine and cheese. He is a frequent lecturer on herb gardening and hosts year-round workshops held at the Westport, Connecticut Gilbertie’s retail shop. Sal Gilbertie has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, including “Martha Stewart Living,” “Home Matters” on the Discovery Channel, the “Home Show” on the Lifetime Channel and “Sara’s Secrets” on the Food Network. In 2011, NOFA named him Connecticut Organic Farmer of the year. All are welcome, suggested donation $10.
Microgreens are young plants that are harvested a few weeks after germination. We’ve all heard of the nutritional virtues of kale, for example, but did you know that the microgreen versions of many plants hold anywhere from 4 to 50 times the nutrients per volume as the same plants in mature form? Microgreens truly are the new superfood. Chefs and gardeners around the country are discovering that these easy-to-grow plants can be raised in the convenience of your own kitchen in a few weeks’ time. And the range of flavor profiles is amazing—from spicy radishes or daikon to fresh-from-the-farm corn flavor in miniature corn microgreens.
Sal will be bringing three of his books to sell and sign:
- Cooking with Microgreens: The Grow-Your-Own Superfood. Provides step-by-step instructions for setting up a home microgreen garden, including an introduction to the major species, from arugula to wheatgrass, and offers a troubleshooting guide. Plus recipes ranging from Shrimp Grilled in Fresh Basil Leaves to Microgreen Salad in Walnut Sauce to Grilled Eggplant and Cheese Sandwich with Asian Micros; salads, soups, main courses and much more. ($10) by Larry Sheehan and Sal Gilbertie
- Herb Gardening from the Ground Up: Everything You Need to Know About … ($15) by Larry Sheehan and Sal Gilbertie “A spring of lavender can scent a room. Herbs can, and should, grace everyone’s life,” says Gilbertie. “herbs are so easy to grow and give so much in return–beauty, flavor, fragrance – fascinating and endless uses.”
- Small Plot, High Yield Gardening: Grow Like a Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well … ($15) by Larry Sheehan and Sal Gilbertie What Martha Stewart has to say about Sal’s 5th book, Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening: “Whether you have a real garden or just a window box, I can think of no better guide to creating a sustainable herb and vegetable garden than Sal Gilbertie. For more than 30 years I have turned to Sal for healthy, productive plants. With this useful and informative book, he can help you, too, cultivate your garden.” – Martha Stewart
Sal Gilbertie resides in Easton, Connecticut with his wife Marie who is also in the business. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.